Ballooning Adventures of Texas, Inc. offers Biennial Flight Reviews in the Houston area as well as beyond.  Please contact Ballooning Adventures of Texas, Inc. at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   or call  713-299-5179.



FAA Knowledge Base Test

We are developing an interactive web based application that will allow you to take a random sampling of the FAA Knowledge Examination questions, respond to them and after 50 sample questions, to grade your responses.  This is being done voluntarily to support the new pilots in ballooning.  the questions are only valid for the Lighter than Air rating.

FAA Part 61 - Balloon Pilot Ground School Classes

Houston , Texas:  Ballooning Adventures of Texas is conducting, Part 61 ground school for all balloon pilots and students.   Due to the very limited number of new pilots, instruction will be scheduled on an individual basis.  Separate courses will be taught for students training for Private Pilot and Commercial Pilot Manned Free Balloon ratings.  This Part 61 Ground and Flight School is a professionally prepared curriculum.  This training is supported and recognized by the FAA.  


To register for the Ground schools, please select one of the following choices:

You may call 713-299-5179 to talk with an instructor.  You may also email your inquiry to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Drop by the Repair Station or make arrangements to meet me anywhere.  Often it is best to look at the equipment, visit the shop, discuss your interest and experience with balloons so your skills may be addressed and a training program may be designed just for you.


In order to register for these classes or for scheduling special classes, call Phil Bryant at 713-299-5179, or contact Phil via this website.

FAA Publications

Guide to Obtaining FAA Publications

FAA Websites
Main site
Houston FSDO
Dallas FSDO
San Antonio FSDO

Flight Service:
1-800-WXBRIEF (1-800-992-7433) for official weather briefings

Federal Aviation Regulations ( FAR's) Online

Pilot Safety Brochures

FAA and Government Resources
Advisory Circulars
Advisory Circulars are available from your local Flight standards District Office or by subscription.


You may also download Advisory Circulars by clicking here. 

BFH Balloon Flying Handbook
AIM Aeronautical Information Manual
AC 00-6 Aviation Weather
AC 00-45 Aviation Weather Services
AC 60-14 Aviation Instructors Handbook
FAR Federal Aviation Regulations
AC 61-21 Airplane Flying Handbook
AC 61-23 Pilot's Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
New Pilots    Student Pilot Training and Limits
AC 91-71 Operation of Hot Air Balloons

NOTAMs are obtained when receiving Weather Briefings either by phone or by computer using DUATS.
You can also search the NOTAM database at the following location:
Get NOTAMS here

Safety Program Managers
Each FSDO (Flight Standards District Office) has a Safety Program Manager who has other safety publications.

See the links above to find your local SFDO



 National Transportation Safety Board:
Summaries from the NTSB aviation accident database are updated daily on the web. The database contains information from 1983 and later about civil aviation accidents within the United States, its territories and possessions, and in international waters. Incidents investigated by the Safety Board are also contained in the database in the same form as accidents.

Generally, a preliminary report is available online within a few days of an accident. Factual information is added when available, and when the investigation is completed, the preliminary report is replaced with a final description of the accident and its probable cause.

Full narrative descriptions may not be not available for dates before 1993, cases under revision, or where NTSB did not have primary investigative responsibility.

Aviation Accident Database

 NTSB - An Independent Federal Agency

Learn To Fly

Ballooning Adventures of Texas is offering a "Learn to Fly" program in a Hot Air Balloon! 

  • We offer a full pilot certificate training course.  If you buy a balloon from us, we will provide free instruction for your private pilot certificate.  Come out and join us for the sport adventure of your life.

  • If you are currently rated pilot and have an interest in Hot Air Balloons, Ballooning Adventures of Texas is your logical next step.  Obtaining the Lighter than Air rating on your Pilot Certificate very easy to do with our experienced instructors.

  • If you are currently not a certificated pilot, Ballooning Adventures of Texas has the only Ground and Flight School for Balloon pilots in the state of TEXAS!  We are positioned to help you meet your training and pilot goals with the highest quality cirriculum. 

  • Please contact us for details by calling 713-299-5179 and mentioning the Learn to Fly offer.



Q & A --FAA Part 61

Questions and Answers

How much does it cost?
Since we do not currently have enough students to fill a class room, the complete cost for the Private or Commercial Balloon Pilot Ground School depends on your ability learn basis self study or if you need instruction time.  Instructor time will be billed at $45.00 per hour.  If we can gather 6 or more students for a class room exercise, the cost may be shared.

What is included?
The course fee includes all four days of classroom training.  Study matierals that you require such as the Balloon Flying Handbook, FAR/AIM are now mostly free via the FAA website.  Proper logbook endorsement will be provided upon successful completion of the class.

What will I learn?

Our goal is to provide the highest quality training possible! We will, of course, cover knowledge areas that you will be tested on when you take your written exam: weather, airspace, FARs , navigation, aircraft performance, etc. By expanding the course to four days, we have built in much more time for each student to ask questions, interact with each other, and participate in break-out sessions not normally found in balloon pilot classroom curriculum.

I'm am interested in crewing - will this course help me?

Of course! While the focus of the class is to develop the knowledge needed to be a safe and professional balloon pilot, the course is ideal for any balloon crew who wants to learn all they can about safe and legal balloon operations. The value of a crew person rises dramatically when they can work as a team with their pilot and help plan flights using their knowledge of weather, FARs , and aircraft performance. This course prepares you to obtain your BFA Level IV Crew Certificate.

How do I sign up?
Class size is limited, and registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. You can sign up by calling Philip Bryant at 713-299-5179 or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Study Books

The following Study Books will greatly assist you in gaining greater understanding and appreciation of the materials presented in class. 

Required Reading for the Private and Commercial Pilot Courses

NEW!  From the FAA!


You may download this book for free by clicking on the link above.

2001 FAR/AIM

2016 FAR/AIM
Federal Aviation Regulations and Aeronautical Information Manual

You may purchase a current version or download the contents
from these links.

FAR Part 61
FAR Part 91


Practical Test Standards for Lighter than Air.

Private Pilot LTA - Practical Test Standards   FAA-S-8081-17



Required reading for the Commercial Pilot Course

Aviation Instructor's Handbook  FAA-H-8083-9
Federal Aviation Administration


Flight Instructor's Manual
Balloon Federation of America

Commercial Pilot Practical Test Standards for Lighter than Air

Commercial Pilot LTA - Practical Test Standards  FAA-S-8081-18

Optional Resources Available:


U.S. Government Printing Office
The U.S. Government Printing Office offers a wide variety of publications for aviators. Government Publications can be ordered on line at, by phone at (202)512-1800, or by mail at:

Superintendent of Documents
P.O. Box 371954
Pittsburg, PA 15250-7954

Larger cities have U.S. Government Bookstores. Check the Government Pages of your phone book for locations.

Computer Testing Supplement for Recreational Pilot and Private Pilot
United States Government Printing Office

Fire Weather
U.S. Department of Agriculture - Forest Service
United States Government Printing Office

Study Resources

Balloon Federation of America

Study Resources in preparation for the Private Pilot Ground School.

The Balloon Federation of America    


The BFA publishes many excellent reference books, including:

A Case Study of the Legal Requirements for Hot Air Balloon Flight
Edited by David L Rapp
Propane and Fuel Management
Safety Committee and Education Committee - 1991


  • Powerline Safety Manual
  • Flammable Gasses
  • Ground Crew Manual
  • Balloon Digest
  • Member Handbook
  • Pilot Achievement Award Program
  • Crew Achievement Award Program

The BFA offers a discount to members, who also receive the monthly newsletter Skylines and the official journal of the BFA, Ballooning(published six times annually).

Contact the BFA at:
P.O. Box 400
Indianola, IA
(505) 961-8809